Tramline cycling injury compensation claims
This easy-to-follow guide looks at what you need to know about making a tramline-related cycling accident compensation claim.
Tramlines in city centres present a particular problem for cyclists, especially where the cyclist is travelling in parallel to the tracks. Wheels may be trapped in the gaps between the tramlines and the road causing cyclists to fall.
Tramlines are also a hazard in icy or wet conditions when their surfaces become slippery. To reduce the risk of injury where possible, it is therefore crucial that tramlines are safe to use with appropriate signage.
If you have suffered an injury on a tramline in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
Where possible cyclists and trams should be kept in separate lanes, but this may not be practical.
Cycle routes designed to cross the tramlines at 90 degrees and signs warning of the presence of tramlines may help to reduce the risk of cyclists getting their bicycle wheels caught in the tracks.
Cyclists must also take care where tramlines exist by ensuring they are in a position to cross the lines safely.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
As more trams are introduced into city centres, the incidence of cycling accidents may increase.
Both Manchester and Edinburgh city councils are facing a number of claims from cyclists who have sustained injuries from falls caused by tramlines.
As well as wheels caught between the tramlines and the road surface, slippery tracks have caused cyclists to skid and collide with other vehicles, including buses.
Injuries include broken bones, facial injuries, torn muscles and ligaments, broken teeth and severed fingertips.
To prevent future accidents Edinburgh council is reported to be looking into the development of a new skid-resistant material specifically for tram tracks.
How much compensation can I claim?">How much compensation can I claim?
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our cycling accident compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.
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About the author
Paul is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and has served as a Deputy District Judge, giving him a uniquely broad understanding of the claims process.
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